Control of a Three-Phase Hybrid Converter for a PV Charging Station


Hybrid boost converter (HBC) has been proposed to replace a dc/dc boost converter and a dc/ac converter to reduce conversion stages and switching loss. In this paper, control of a three-phase HBC in a PV charging station is designed and tested. This HBC interfaces a PV system, a dc system with hybrid plugin electrical vehicles (HPEVs) and a three-phase ac grid. The control of the HBC is designed to realize maximum power point tracking (MPPT) for PV, dc bus voltage regulation, and ac voltage or reactive power regulation. A test bed with power electronics switching details is built in MATLAB/SimPowersystems for validation. Simulation results demonstrate the feasibility of the designed control architecture. Finally, lab experimental testing is conducted to demonstrate HBC’s control performance.



  1. Plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV)
  2. Vector Control
  3. Grid-connected Photovoltaic (PV)
  4. Three-phase Hybrid Boost Converter
  5. Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT)
  6. Charging Station.





Fig.1 Architecture configurations of a PV charging station. The conventional topology includes a dc/dc converter and a dc/ac VSC. These two converters will be replaced by a three-phase HBC.




Fig.2 Performance of CC-CV algorithm

Fig.3. Performance of a modified IC-PI MPPT algorithm when solar irradiance variation is applied.

Fig. 4. Performance of the dc voltage control in the vector control. The solid lines represent the system responses when the dc voltage control is enabled. The dashed lines represent the system responses when the dc voltage control is disabled.

Fig. 5. Performance of a proposed vector control to supply or absorb reactive power independently.

Fig. 6. Power management of PV charging station.

Fig. 7. Dst, Md and Mq for case 4.

Fig. 8.  System performance under 70% grid’s voltage drop.



Control of three-phase HBC in a PV charging station is proposed in this paper. The three-phase HBC can save switching loss by integration a dc/dc booster and a dc/ac converter converter into a single converter structure. A new control for the three-phase HBC is designed to achieve MPPT, dc voltage regulation and reactive power tracking. The MPPT control utilizes modified incremental conductance-PI based MPPT method. The dc voltage regulation and reactive power tracking are realized using vector control. Five case studies are conducted in computer simulation to demonstrate the performance of MPPT, dc voltage regulator, reactive power tracking and overall power management of the PV charging station. Experimental results verify the operation of the PHEV charging station using HBC topology. The simulation and experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness and robustness of the proposed control for PV charging station to maintain continuous dc power supply using both PV power and ac grid power.



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